By Ernest Disney-Britton
2018 Alpha Omega Prize Finalist:
|"Annunciation II" (2016), 36” diameter, oil with 23k and 21k gold on panel.|
|Karen Fitzgerald in her studio in Long Island City, NY. Image courtesy of Orestes Gonzales.|
|"I Am A Thousand Winds That Blow" (2009), oil with 23k gold on prepared paper, 35”x32” overall, image 20” diameter.|
|"Mu" (2015), oil with aluminum on patterned, prepared paper, 35”x31” overall.|
3. Have you ever had to defend exploring religious ideas? Never. I explore the spiritual side of experience in a broad sense, often referencing ideas and practices that are not found in the Judeo-Christian tradition. While the art world at large does not embrace spirituality within aesthetics, I do. As it turns out, this content has pushed me toward independence.
|"Shy Moon" (2013), oil with 23k gold, palladium on panel, 42” diameter.|
4. Who collects your work, and why? A broad range of people collect it. Many corporations concerned with healthcare have my work in their collections. I believe people are drawn to the conversation my work engenders – its serene, meditative qualities profoundly alter the energy dynamics in whatever space it occupies.
|"Burning Bush" (1999), 60” diameter, oil on canvas.|
5. What "risks" have you taken in creating your work? The main ‘risk’ I have taken is to hold my vision, to pay attention to the subtle aspects of energy within the world that I want to explore. Early in my career, it was challenging to gain traction for the work. It was a risk to address isolation through the work itself.
|"For Georgia" (1977), watercolor on paper, 21”x29”.|
6. Which artists have influenced your style or direction? (Send image as example) Key influences include Mark Rothko, Mary Oliver, Georgia O’Keefe, and Czelsaw Milosz. Rothko helped me realize that the work could address the invisible aspects of energy. O’Keefe was a model for a very young me, and poetry has inspired me all of my life.
|"Aetherium, Mountain of God," oil with 21k moon gold on patterned, prepared paper, 18”x14”, sold.|
7. How can A&O readers collect/experience your work? Anyone interested in my work can buy directly from my website. While the work I have posted there is not comprehensive, it does give a clear picture of my development. I’ve been devoted to the tondo form for nearly 30 years, and that is evident with the various galleries of work posted at www.FitzgeraldArt.com
|"Wind Visits the Aetherium," oil on aluminum.|